Slow down, smell the flowers. In a world that often seems to be in a constant state of rush and urgency, the concept of slowing down can be revolutionary. It's not just about taking a breather or finding a moment of relaxation; it's about challenging the oppressive systems that perpetuate the cycle of haste and scarcity, particularly for those who have historically been excluded. Slowing down is a radical act of self-preservation and resistance against the pressures to perform, do, and be in a constant state of hustling. The world constantly bombards us with messages. These messages, often internalized, create a sense of urgency, pushing us to operate in a state of constant vigilance. This urgency leads to scarcity thinking, where we believe we must compete for limited resources, recognition, and opportunities. It's a toxic cycle that can damage our mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
As Barbara Smith of the Combahee Collective pointed out, the liberation of Black women is intrinsically tied to the liberation of all oppressed groups. To dismantle all systems of oppression, we must start with ourselves. This means questioning how we treat ourselves, how we heal ourselves, and how we nurture our individuality. Slowing down is an essential component of this process.
Slowing Down as a Form of Resistance
Slowing down is, in fact, a form of resistance. It's a way of saying "nope" to white supremacy. By taking a step back from the breakneck pace of life, we affirm our worth and value. We assert that we deserve rest, self-compassion, and self-care. Nothing ever done in a rush served us any good. It is more harmful than we think. Slowing down involves embracing gracefully, and being gentle and reverent with ourselves. It's about recognizing that we live in a world that often disregards our experiences and humanity. Grace allows us to heal from burnout and approach our daily lives with thoughtfulness and creativity. By shifting our focus from the end product to the process of our creative journey, we can restore hope, abundance, and curiosity in our lives. It's acknowledging that we are deserving of the time and space to heal, reflect, and rejuvenate. When we care for ourselves, we become stronger advocates for change and transformation, both on a personal and collective level.
Slowing down is not a sign of weakness; it is a radical act of self-love and resistance. It challenges the oppressive urgency that surrounds us, promoting healing, self-compassion, and the dismantling of white supremacy. By practicing grace and embracing the power of a more deliberate pace, we can nurture our deepest knowledge and creative sources, ultimately contributing to our individual and collective growth.
In a world that continually rushes us, slowing down is a revolutionary act of empowerment. It's a declaration that we deserve time, rest, and healing. So, take a moment to pause, breathe, and remember that just because you are slowing down, that doesn’t mean you won’t get to where you want to go.